CSI BASICS fully understand the skills and expertise Paramedic responders bring to pre-hospital care. They form part of the multi-disciplinary team at a scene and often bring years of experience and knowledge. Within BASICS, the Paramedic profession is recognised as being rapidly evolving, bringing a range of experience and training that is redefining pre-hospital practice.
As a scheme, we welcome Paramedics on board, however, due to the sporadic nature of call outs and the vast geographical area we cover, no training can be provided for Paramedics wishing to upskill and become active responders. Support and guidance will always be available though. This doesn’t stop people getting involved. We will always welcome anyone interested in supporting the charity through administration work and fund raising.
CSI BASICS Paramedics are not currently responding for the North West Ambulance Service or the West Midlands Ambulance Service. This is currently being worked on with a view of getting Paramedics up and running within Cheshire by the end of 2018.
The criteria for Paramedic responding is set out below. The bar is set high due to the fact we are not a training scheme. It will give you an idea as to what we are looking for in our responders.
- HCPC registered paramedic – No restrictions on practice
- Minimum of 5 years post paramedic registration
- Employed by NWAS or WMAS NHS Trust (Depending on the responding area)
- To have completed an Enhanced DBS check
- Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care – Level 6 member (HCPC registration, 2 years post registration and hold the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh)
- Appropriate relevant experience as approved by the Committee
- Hold appropriate Medical Indemnity Insurance
- BASICS national accreditation
- Pre-hospital Anaesthesia Assistants’ Training
- Surgical Skills training
- PHECC/BATLS/ATACC/ETC/PHTLS course or equivalent (As approved by the Committee)
- Commitment to providing training within the group and BASICS NW
- Minimum of 25 hours of CPD every year
- Any of APLS, PHPLS, PEPP (Current)
- Entrapment / Specialist Incident Training e.g. Open Water, Enclosed spaces, Search & Rescue
- CBRNe Training / Firearms Training / Obstetrics Training
- MIMMS / NARU Operational Commander / Ambulance Major Incident training/exposure